Sunday, April 28, 2013

Uncle Lincoln

We are in Utah 
for the funeral of
our dear Uncle
 Lincoln Boam Sorensen
It's always hard to
say goodbye
to someone
who's kindness and influence
 made this world 
a much better place.
Godspeed on your new journey
Uncle Lincoln.
Until we meet again.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Omigosh Quilt

 Several years ago my friend Judi
asked me if I wanted to make the
Omigosh Quilt
with her.
 15,000 pieces
with mostly
1/2-inch squares.
Aptly named!
This is a scrappy quilt,
and I am all about using up my scraps.
But, it took me about 10 seconds 
to admit this was not a project
I was prepared to tackle.
At least not yet.
I do hold on to the pattern and look at it fondly
 from time to time.
Someday I would like to make this quilt :)
 I love seeing the works of those
who have accepted the 
Omigosh challenge.
A Million Tiny Pieces
by Joan McNamara
shown at the 
Arizona Quilters Guild Show
 Machine quilted by
Jessica (Jones) Gamez
 If you break the blocks down into
little tiny sections 
it does look kind of doable.
 Joan won a 3rd place ribbon
in the Pieced Large category.
I think she deserves an additional
"A" for effort.
Original Omigosh pattern by Sue Garman
can be found at 
Quakertown Quilts

Friday, April 26, 2013

Quilted Chairs

In our struggling economy 
it's common to see 
web sites 
with DIY Tutorials
repaint old furniture
with bright new colors.
It's impressive to know that
it's now  
decorate our living spaces
using the oft repeated mantra 
 Make Do
Make Old New Again
Did you know that the term
actually became an official word in 1984?
 That's why I was especially interested 
to see these
Quilted Chairs
on display at the
Arizona Quilters Guild Show
 So what do you think?
 Are you ready to take grandma's old chair
and add a few half square triangles 
in Kaffe fabrics?
I might possibly get away with
 the blue one in my sewing room,
but I know Mr. Cactus
would put his foot down on the
hot pink number.
The mantra in our home
would soon
chant to the
Pig Latin version
Ix-nay on the Air-chay

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Those Mesa Ladies and Their Quilts

 Once a month I meet with a
little quilt group out in Mesa.
Those Mesa Ladies
are so much fun to be with!
They provide a wonderful lunch
and we spend a few hours 
quilting away
and yabbering.
I truly don't know what we enjoy the most:
the quilting
or the eating
or the yabbering.
It's probably the mix of all 3 that makes for such a delightful day.
 Peg just got her 
4th of July Pinwheels
back from the quilter.
 Oh, my stars!
Such beautiful quilting!
 Peg was so happy with the final result.
 Karen worked on binding 
a quilt for a new grandson.
 A great Chevron pattern
 Amanda just got her
back from the quilter
 This is a fun raw edge pattern
that works up quickly
Amanda will toss it in the wash
and once it's dried, the edges will fray up and 
become more 3-dimensional.
 Peg was laying out her latest
Work In Progress
This is such a fun idea Peg organized 
as part of a family reunion.
She asked each family to bring a yard
of Kaffe Fassett fabric
cut into squares.
They traded fabrics with each other
at last years reunion,
and were challenged to go home and 
sew them into a quilt.
They are to bring the finished quilt back to this year's reunion.
Each one will be different,
but all will contain the Kaffe squares.
Now, THAT sounds
like my kind of family reunion.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Basketweave Braided Star Block

 I mentioned yesterday 
that the 
Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
has a Bee going on.
Each month the group 
makes a block for 
one of the members.
Fabric and pattern is
provided by that 
month's host.
 For the upcoming May block
brought her sample
and kits to make the
Basketweave Braided Star Block
 love, love, love this cute
little paper pieced 
log cabin-ish
great way to use up scraps
Free PDF template
and Tutorial 
offered by 
Nydia shows one block 
with scrappy colors.
And another sample using
solids in one color hues.
Be still my heart!
I have been pawing through 
my scraps and 
about making this quilt.
I like how the finished size
ends up being a nice large
12-inch block.
Now I just wish 
I could sit
at my machine
all day long
 and make
one block after another.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild/ April

 The Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild
is a relatively new guild
but, now that we are up and running
there are 
so many fun things going on!
 Danny has started the
Vitamin D Bee
a bee group where
they take turns each month
making a block for the members.
 This month
the group made a 
Swoon block
for Danny
Love her fabric choices.
 Ever since Camille came out with this pattern,
I have had it on my to-do list.
 And there was a pincushion swap.
 My favorite 
was a design created by Tracy.
 I asked Tracy how she made this pincushion,
and she said she created the top
using her mini-Dresden ruler.
 The guild has completed their
first Charity Quilt.
 And for our meeting
Alissa Clark taught a 
Paper Piecing Workshop
We had a choice of making 
this cup...
or Soda bottle.
The above work in progress is by Kirsten.
So many talented ladies in this group!
meets the 3rd Saturday of every month.
We would love to have you join us!
For more information,
see the PMQG 
web page

Friday, April 19, 2013

YoYoVille Quilt

 Two of my favorite quilts
to view 
at the Trilogy Quilt Show
In My Garden
made by Priscilla Duffin
I really love this quilt!
A great way to use scraps.
 Priscilla counted
237 yoyo's
and 40 houses.
 Fusible applique
then edge stitched.
 In My Garden
made by Maureen Bredenberg
 Machine quilted by Nancy Walker
 Hand Appliqued
and machine pieced.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Trilogy Quilt Show

 This was my 2nd year to attend the
Trilogy Quilt Show
hosted by the ladies
out at Power Ranch
in Gilbert Arizona
 This is a small show,
but I especially like to see
the Charitable Volunteer work 
provided by this club of quilters.
It's impressive to see what a 
group of around 25 women can do
to bring comfort through quilts.
Power Ranch is a large Master Planned Community
and the Trilogy group meet in their beautiful club house
several times each week
in preparation for their annual show.
 This year's show was hosted
by Linda Coll.
Many of the show quilts were for sale or raffle,
with proceeds going towards
Sunshine Acres
AZ Blankets For Kids
* over 70+ quilts have already been donated this year
 I really like how the ladies display their quilts,
hung against Banquet Folding Tables
laid out in circles.
 The Stars Are Named
made by Audrey Ferguson
 Dolly Dress Up
made by Priscilla Duffin
 Panel by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods
comes with dimensional accents
 Stormy Night
made by Sandy Wooster
I'll share with you a few more quilts from
the show tomorrow.